Stay Alive When You Drive

When you're a professional driver, you're always on the move. You're constantly aware that safeguarding your life and the lives of fellow travelers is a huge responsibility. It's likely that a lot of the communities you drive in have train routes, so the more you know about rail safety the better prepared you'll be. Operation Lifesaver designed this safety video providing professional truck drivers like you with information they need to safely navigate highway-rail grade crossings.

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Five Safety Tips for Truck Drivers

  1. It can take the average freight train traveling at 55 mph a mile or more to stop.
  2. At crossings, don't stop any closer than 15 feet. If you're in traffic, don't go forward if you can't safely clear the crossing. Keep in mind there's an overhang, both for your truck and a train, of 3 feet or more.
  3. Make sure that trailer jacks are in the up position; non-retracted trailer jacks can cause trailers to become stuck on crossings.
  4. If you get stuck at the crossing, get out and call the 800 number posted at the crossing, or call local police to alert trains of your position.
  5. Cell phones are the top distraction for all drivers; many states prohibit the use of hand-held devices while driving.

Drivers - know your railroad crossing signs and signals.

Texting Ban for Commercial Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a federal ban on texting for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers as of April 1, 2010. The ban requires states to disqualify drivers holding a commercial motor vehicle license from operating a CMV if convicted of violating anti-texting laws in any state or locality. For more information, to discuss new federal regulations or contribute comments, go to

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Did You Know?

A standard line haul unit weighing 80,000 pounds and pulling a 53-foot trailer on a level road under good surface conditions requires a minimum of 14 seconds to clear a single track and more than 15 seconds to clear a double track.